THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – 7
February 6, 2020
Today’s gospel: Mark 6:7-13
Jesus “summoned the Twelve and began to send them
out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.”
(v.7). Apostles are those who are sent. They go under God’s
authority and do the work of God. And what basically is
that work? “So they went off and preached repentance.”
(v.12). Why repentance? Because this was the first step
to reconciliation with God and being brought into a life
is unlike what some pastors say today, who no longer speak
of repentance. They are just into acceptance, accompaniment,
embrace. We must do all those, but we must also speak of
repentance. In doing so, we can offend sensibilities. Now
see what else the apostles did. “They drove out many
demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and
cured them.” (v.13). Without repentance, there is
no liberation and no salvation. What good then would it
be for a sinner to be accepted by people or the Church but
still live under the dominion of the evil one and still
not experience the fullness of healing brought about by
a life in Christ?
we do reach out to all, especially to sinners. We do not
shun them. Jesus said to the apostles, “Wherever you
enter a house, stay there until you leave from there.”
(v.10). They were not to ask whether righteous people lived
in the house. If they were welcome, then they just entered
and stayed there. But while there, as they preached the
gospel, if the people in the house were in sin, then they
would preach repentance, which is an essential part of the
see what else Jesus says. “Whatever place does not
welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the
dust off your feet in testimony against them.” (v.11).
Wow. So much for political correctness! How offensive! But
apostles are not politicians who just want to get along
and be accepted. They are proclaimers of the full gospel.
They represent Jesus, who preached repentance and told them
to do likewise. They look not to the acceptance of man but
to the righteousness of God.
are disciples of Jesus who are also sent by him. They proclaim
what Jesus proclaimed, under his authority. They go forth
in total dependence on God (v.8).They engage the enemy.
They are not into political correctness.